Warner Bros. Reboots ‘The Flintstones’ with Gary Sanchez Productions

By May 7, 2014

Well, at least this makes more sense than Kanye West’s take on “The Jetsons.” (Yes, that was a real thing that was going to happen at one point.) THR reports that Warner Bros. has tapped Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions to produce an animated big screen reboot of The Flintstones. Chris Henchy, who wrote Land of the LostThe Other Guys, and co-wrote the political comedy The Campaign for Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, is writing the screenplay, while Ferrell and McKay will executive produce.

Recently, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane (whose A Million Ways to Die in the West just got a new red-band trailer this morning) tried to get a reboot of the series off the ground at the television level, but THR says the pilot “didn’t wow,” so that was shelved. This will be the first full-length animated Flintstones feature to hit the big screen since The Man Called Flintstone, a Bond parody released by Columbia Pictures in 1966 after the show went off the air. This new venture will be the first time the modern Stone Age family will be in theaters since The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas in 2000, which was the prequel to the 1994 live action film starring John Goodman.

There is no director in place, and no one has been cast yet, so it’s still relatively early on this one. But Dirty Sanchez has a good track record of their projects making it to the big screen, and assuming “The Flintstones” was a comedy influence on Ferrell and McKay growing up, we imagine they’ll be working extra hard to oversee a new take on the classic cartoon. I’m mixed on Henchy’s film work so far, but he does have a lot of TV writing experience, so we’ll see if he can meld the two and form an interesting, fresh take on a show that was a Saturday morning staple for generations of Americans.

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